Bauchi State: The Home of Peace and Progress; Our Special Correspondent, Ben Asante, on a Tour of Northern Nigeria Writes about the Historic State of Bauchi, the Home of Tradition Still Making Strides

By Asante, Ben | New African, February 2004 | Go to article overview

Bauchi State: The Home of Peace and Progress; Our Special Correspondent, Ben Asante, on a Tour of Northern Nigeria Writes about the Historic State of Bauchi, the Home of Tradition Still Making Strides


Asante, Ben, New African


Bauchi State is the strategic gateway to five other states in northeast Nigeria. The state itself is a leading breadbasket, and also endowed with natural beauty. It abounds in rare species of birds and animals which remain at the centre of the state government's determination to create a tourist paradise as part of its economic development plans.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

In pursuit of these plans, the state government is forging links with Kenya, South Africa and Namibia which have all already sent experts to Bauchi to examine the potentials for joint partnership. The climax of these efforts was the recent visit by the Namibian president, Sam Nujoma, who was hosted by the state governor, Ahmadu Adamu Mu'azu.

Bauchi may have been de-linked administratively from its neighbour Plateau State, but not from the natural beauty of this area of Nigeria that abounds in highlands, hills and rock formations. Here you come across some of the most stunning countryside scenery.

You drive in from the highlands of Plateau, leaving the city of Jos behind and immediately cross the state border, and then you start on the gradual descent that takes you into Bauchi. All along the one-and-half-hour inter-state country road are miles and miles of hills and rock formations interspersed with plush green and farming communities.

Among the various people you meet on the journey are Fulanis in colourful wear. Even along the way, you are struck with evidence of new developments undertaken by the current state governor, Ahmadu Mu'azu, in the number of newly built schools and the noise of lively school children within the school walls.

Bauchi is not only endowed with tourism potential, but has historically contributed to national political and intellectual leadership. Nigeria's first premier, Tafawa Balewa, came from Bauchi. In the decades past, before independence, Bauchi was the home of the "Discussion Circle", whose members, mainly teachers and journalists, came from other parts of the north. The group provided a counterpart to the southern leaders of thought and political agitation.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

It was also from Bauchi that new ideas about political awareness and education filtered to other parts of the north. Little wonder, therefore, that the state has enjoyed relative development since its creation.

Today, the Governor, Ahmadu Mu'azu, under Nigeria's democratic dispensation, remains an activist true to Bauchi's tradition of putting people first.

In one dramatic gesture after a recent radio phone-in programme, the governor hurriedly travelled unannounced to a remote village in the middle of the night to investigate a problem that someone had complained about on the radio programme. The villagers, young and old, literarily mobbed him for showing concern for them.

The state's motto declares that it is "the home of peace". It is also sometimes described as the pearl of Nigerian tourism, because it is the site of the famous Yankari National Park, possibly the leading natural reserve in West Africa.

This vast and under-utilised reservation area is a haven for several endangered species of wildlife as well as the site of a complex of warm mineral springs that are reputed to have wonderful medicinal properties. One of the warm springs so far developed is the Yankari Spring which has already attracted many visitors, including presidents, kings and locals.

Governor Mu'azu has vowed to seek National Assembly backing to recover ownership of the park from the Federal Government in Abuja, and to create a world-class tourism industry around it.

Already South African, Kenyan and Namibian experts and Bauchi state officials have been involved in studies and exchange visits aimed at further developing the Yankari National Park.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Governor Mu'azi's performance during his first term is highly visible, especially in rural development. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Bauchi State: The Home of Peace and Progress; Our Special Correspondent, Ben Asante, on a Tour of Northern Nigeria Writes about the Historic State of Bauchi, the Home of Tradition Still Making Strides
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.